Legend (Marie Lu's Legend Series #1)

Legend (Marie Lu's Legend Series #1)

by Marie Lu


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What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family's survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias's death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142422076
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Series: Marie Lu's Legend Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 6,505
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: HL710L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu (www.marielu.org) graduated from the University of Southern California and jumped into the video game industry, working for Disney Interactive Studios as a Flash artist. Now a full-time writer, she spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California (see above: traffic), with one boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

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Legend 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1105 reviews.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
It took me a while to come up with this review, cause well I wasn't sure what to say. I love it so much that I am speechless. I don't think that words can do this book justice, but I will try to do my best with out spoiling it. What grabbed me the most about this book is the thrilling adventure that the plot goes on. So much excitement that fills with reader that is leave you reading faster. I enjoyed reading along as the plot plunged faster into amazing ride of fighting and adventure. The characters of this book were divine. Written so passionately, you feel the characters come alive in your heart as you feel their emotions. The betrayal, the hurt, the learning of truth that blinds their eyes. I admit that a certain parts of this book, my mouth hung open. Both characters, June and Day fight for what they believe and know. Many uncovered truths will shed light of what they really know. The love interest is just the way I like it. Complicated yet simple. Many obstacles stand in their way. I adore that June and Day are a perfect match. They are flawless, yet flawed. Strong, yet weak. Love, yet they sacrifice. These two make me want to laugh yet cry. As the reader, I hung to their every thought and emotion. I love it. If you want a well written, adventurous book, filled with non-stop exposed the evasive techniques of the government have you dodging every corner, every page turn. I loved that Ms. Lu created such a world that every reader can't contain themselves and we must share. Legend is an amazing book! It "Awed" me through and through. This book is a must read!
Linda Lai More than 1 year ago
There is just the right amount of action and romance in this book to keep me hooked! It reminds me very much of the hunger games and has the same idea. Two teens are forced to hunt each other down but end up falling in love and they end up questioning all they have ever known. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone!
remaven More than 1 year ago
To everyone who loved the Hunger Games books this is at least as good if not better. The story and characters grabbed me from page 1. Why this is classified as a young adult (Hunger Games was also young adult) is beyond me as I believe all ages will enjoy it. Going to be a bestseller or I don't know my books!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read if youre looking for something to read after the Hunger Games trilogy. Amazingly written with characters you feel deeply connected to. I highly recommend this as a MUST READ!!!
Amabe421 More than 1 year ago
I had been hearing so many great things about this book and I was really excited to read it. I won an audio book version from A Life Bound By Books. I have listened to audio books before, but this is my first time actually reviewing one. I absolutely loved the book. The characters are very well developed and the story progressed at a great pace. I loved hearing the book switch back and forth from Day's perspective to June's. They are both such strong, smart characters full passion for the things they believe in. The narrators for the audio book were fantastic. They really portrayed the characters well. I instantly liked Day. He is a very compassionate and caring person. He is not just a lowly criminal. I really loved getting to know his character and why he is a "criminal" on the streets. There is so much to the story of Day, and I was shocked at how things unfolded. June is a very likable character too. She is The Republic's prodigy. Perfect score on the test. She is also a bit of a trouble maker, which is fun. We first meet her when she is getting in trouble for scaling the side of a building off campus. She's very smart, strong, and brave. She is insightful, and not someone to mess with. I loved the interactions between Day and June, both when she didn't know who he really was, and especially after. There is so much more going on than you would think at first. There are a lot of surprises. This story is so well crafted and intriguing. It really blew me away! It is now solidly in my top favorites for dystopian novels. It's action packed, suspenseful, emotional, and just phenomenal.
pagese More than 1 year ago
I feel almost guilty giving this a three. It seems like everyone who has read it so far has really liked it. But I found it really predictable and slow at times. I do have to admit that what this story has going for it is the characters. Day and June are what kept me reading. Day is really the key to this story. I was instantly intrigued by the fact that Day disappeared on the day of his test and then went on to become the most wanted criminal in the Republic. I loved the fact that nobody knew who he really was or even what he looked like. His criminal activities reminded me of a futuristic Robin Hood. And as we get to know him better, I realized how smart this guy is. And not just book smart, but all around mentally equipped to deal with anything. I really began to wonder how he failed his test. I wasn't sure what to think of June at first. I disliked that she blindly followed the Republic. But then she's been raised to believe in it. I was really impressed with her tracking skills and her ability to access any situation. I was a little surprised at how long it took her to realize that the boy who saved her from the fight was really Day. And then I was even more shocked that she turned him at the drop of a hat. But even she wasn't expecting the events that unfolded that made her question all that she had been taught. It was the storyline that really got to me. While the truth behind everything wasn't known to me until June uncovers it, I had basic ideas behind everything that was going. Nothing surprised me. Since the story seemed to follow a formula, I sometimes didn't feel a need to turn the page as quickly as some other stories. I still think I will read the next one though. I wonder how deep the viciousness of this government goes. Plus, I really did like Day and June.
kearytaylor More than 1 year ago
I'm not totally sure how to word this review. I really, really wanted to love Legend. I really did. It got a lot of hype, I've seen great reviews on it, and it's selling really well. But, I just didn't... love it. I think my main problem was that there was almost too much detail and not enough at the same time. I felt like about a quarter of the detail there was in the book could have been left out, and then from there the book needed to be about twice as long as it was. I never felt like I fully understood the world of Legend, and I never really loved the characters that much. I hate to say it, but I think Legend is a book that I won't remember much about 6 months from now. Man, I feel terrible writing this review... I will say that I will read the next book. I do think it may be better, with more world building and more development behind the characters. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
BookSakeBlogspot More than 1 year ago
Poverty, war, plague, fighting, family, romance, friendship. Legend is a dystopian novel that has it all. This is not a pretty book disguised as a dystopian read, this has got some definite grittiness to it, just the way it should be. The story switches back and forth from the views of June and Day ¿ who should be complete opposites due to the way they were raised, but are more alike than anyone realizes. The government might have an idea, but we aren¿t sure who is behind it all. This book has a lot of action which makes it very easy to read in a short amount of time. It just keeps going and going and going and no character is safe, you never know who is going to turn up good, bad, or dead. Yes, many people will compare it to the Hunger Games for the dystopian society, but Legend stands on its own and I think the more reluctant readers will gravitate towards this series for its non-stop and fast paced action. The romance is there too, it¿s not overly heavy, which is perfect for the book as it is a fight to survive type of read. While politics are a major part of the book it isn¿t complicated to follow what¿s going on and it isn¿t thrown in your face, it¿s just providing reasoning for why the world is the way it is. Some of the major problems that arise are seen to completion by the end of this book, but others are left open so that we have something to look forward to. It¿s a big storyline piece that will continue on and I certainly can¿t wait to grab the second book and find out the whys, who¿s, and what¿s of it all. Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the plot and the characters:) (Day rocks!!!) This book is a must read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!!!! Can't wait until the second one comes out!!!
Tom2612 More than 1 year ago
I cant put it down
AcesMommy More than 1 year ago
Legend by Marie Lu is AWESOME!! I really liked the flow that Marie Lu vividly illustrated through her well written story. I was surprised on how deeply engaged I was because I had my doubts with the simplicity of its cover, but within that cover there is nothing simple about it. Rich in action, intrigue, and suspense, a dystopian novel that will keep you awake through all hours of the night. Legend beckons you and I can't help but to ask for more! Daniel "Day" Altan Wing took his trials when he was only 10 years old. Every kid in the Republic takes their trials at 10. It decides whether they will be placed in the higher rankings of society or be one among the back breaking laborers living in the slums. And Day was among those who failed. With poor results he was taken into the labor camps along with the other children who didn't receive high scores. The twist is, there isn't such a thing as the labor camps. And all those who went, never came back or seen again. June is the prodigy of the Republic. She is the only one who scored a perfect 1500 on her trials. A bright future is ahead for her; and at such a young age (15 years) she's already a well decorated officer. Everything runs smoothly for June until Day comes along and kills her older brother, Metias. Left with no parents and now her brother, she begins her agenda of bringing down the Republic's elusive criminal, Day, and she's going to make sure he's going to get what he deserves. Legend by Marie Lu alternates from Day's voice to June's, but you will never mistake who your reading. Along with each character having their own designated color text, Day's being gold text and June's being black, each of the two is a distinct character with two complete different voices. I am amazed on how fluid I read Legend. It doesn't skip a beat; when June stops her tale Day picks it right back up where she left off. Another favorite I will add to my collection. I am on the edge of my seat eager for Legend's sequel!! I RECOMMEND!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book....man what can I say. No spoilers here I promise. I just want someone else to get this message and take a chance on a new book series. If your like me, books drive you crazy. They become a part of you and they take you on an emotional rollercoaster that is heart wrenchingand its hard because one else would understand unless they read the same book. Before reading this series I had previously finished a series that had an ending so horribly sad I threw the book down and refused to finish the end for a week. Needless to say, it was difficult to open my heart and mind to another book when there was a possibility of getting my heart broken yet again. But this book.....it's worth every tear you cry. I couldn't put it down and it consumed my thoughts, heck it still does. Halfway through the third book Champion I was afraid to continue for fear of a horrible ending. But I finished it anyways. And I'm so glad I did. Yes the ending was bittersweet and I did cry for a long time, but this series is worth it I promise.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has left me speechless.At the end of every chapter it left a mystery, a mystery that would have me in suspense hurring to finish the person im on(june or day). This book has made me sad,happy,puzzled,and mad at the same time. It also has romance too which leaves me breathless. This book as all you need if your a girl like me. I garentee this book will leave you at the edge of your seat and make you sad and leave thebook alone............but you would have to pick it up again. Also this book is so good that i actually got in trouble for reading this on our vacation. I cant help it that its good. But anyway the question was " is this book better than HUNGER GAMES?" in my opinion ...........yes now dont be mad Hunger Games lovers its just a opinion. I guess i have mixed emotions about it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont get all these super long ratings. One word wraps this book up-AMAZING!!!!! The two main characters- Day, a notorius outlaw that is just trying to help everyone (except the republic) and June, the only person who got a 1500 on her Trial plus the fact that she is a Republic prodije with a Republic brother make the two an unlikely duo. Can June and Day uncover the truth- and save John, Metias, Eden, Tess, Day's mother, and possibly the WORLD??? whether ur a republic soldier, a colonies spy, or a rebel you'll LOVE this thrilling adventure story.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
In the words of Barney Stinson, this book is LEGEN…wait for it…DARY – and it definitely does not disappoint if you have been anxiously salivating for LEGEND since Kristin Nelson first mentioned it early 2011. Each page will grip you by the shirt and pull you deeper into this strange America where everything seems to function on cleverly-disguised lies. Who to trust, who to believe, who to discard, who to protect, is there anyone who is genuine enough to do the right thing after learning the truth? THE GOOD BITS {Reminescent of Ender’s Game and Divergent} There are good books, and there are GREAT books that leave you feeling exhilarated after reading them – and it is always thrilling to discover new books like LEGEND that fall ahead of the curve. ENDER’S GAME is one of my gold standards, and I am more than happily surprised to discover 2 books this year that come close to its greatness. There is something riveting about having child prodigies discover that their adult superiors may be manipulating them and enact in a fit of rebellion. {Day and June} I loved how well these two main characters played off each other. Although they came from different backgrounds, they both came to the chessboard with equal intelligence and resourcefulness. As much as I love Day, I will have to say that I favor June more. Most likely because she happens to be a girl who can kick butt both physically and mentally, but also because I think that LEGEND turned out to be more about June. Day may have greeted me at page 1 and had some problems of his own, but in my opinion, June did more of the dirty work of avenging her brother’s death, going undercover to sniff out Day’s whereabouts, learning the real truth about the Republic, and deciding whose side she wants to be on. THE BAD BITS {Not enough world-building} I had been hoping that LEGEND would go into how exactly North America split into two warring factions. While there is mention of the Republic and the Colonies, it does not come with a whole lot of details attached. LEGEND focuses more on the corruption within the Republic, and while that is all fascinating, how do the Colonies play into this? I am hoping the answers lie within the next book, especially considering Book 1 leaves Day and June on the very edge of new and even bigger chessboard. THE OVERALL LEGEND is well worth the wait – whether you read it now or wait until the rest of the series releases. Marie Lu has crafted a new world that stems from the familiar and branches into something wholly innovative. Smart, sensational, and oh-so-sicker-than-slick, LEGEND contains nothing but the best parts – and if a movie is in the making, all I have to say is: GAME ON!
afeedingplaceforanimals More than 1 year ago
This is such a gripping tale that will bring all your childhood fantasies to life.
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Marie Lu is a fantastic writer. A well written, very satisfying read
readingbear1 More than 1 year ago
In Legend, Day, the most wanted criminal of the Republic and prime suspect of Metias’ murder, and June, Metias’ sister and the Republic's most prized military girl, become the most unlikely partners as they work together to discover secrets of their corrupt country. Living two different sides of life, they are both in a republic at war with two groups, the colonies, whom they have been fighting with for a very long time, and the Patriots, a well organized group who work against the Republic. In the beginning, Day has to hide from his family to keep them safe while June, with a perfect score on her trial, lives happily with her rich family. Day’s family is one of the unluckiest of all because having a wanted criminal, a brother who looks exactly like the wanted criminal, and Eden, who is suffering from the plague all in your family isn’t the best match. Two polar opposites colliding to uncover the secrets of the Republic including what the plague really is, what happens to the kids who fail their trials, and what might happen to them if they know too much. Legend is a very insightful story and I would definitely suggest it. The storyline is told perfectly with vivid details and the motives of the characters are very clear which is important to me. It gets you to think about how our world could be run and how our future could end up. I would recommend this book to anyone that can read at its level, as it is very gripping and the setting is described to make you feel like you’re actually there. It also has a sequel, Prodigy, which goes into greater detail about the wars and rebellions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly reccomend! This start to the series doesn't even compare to what the rest of the series has to offer. Read it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put it down! Can't wait to read prodigy and champion! Seriously, if you liked the hunger games, divergent, maze runner (more like scorch trials in regards to that series), or other amazing post apocalyptic series like such, I highly recommend that you dive into this one! ??
Anna_Joleen More than 1 year ago
Today’s topic is: LEGEND.  Literally.  This is all I did today (besides work.)  I started reading this book at about 9:30 this morning, read till 1:30, came back from work at 8, read till 10 and now here we are. This book is filled with action and I never got bored.  Every single move of either Day or June made sense to me and I never rolled my eyes at anything they did.  I was generally impressed.  In fact, I actually marveled at some of the heists these two pulled off. As for the writing style, it is absolutely exquisite.  This is the type of writing style that I strive to someday accomplish.  I never once flipped forward in this book to read ahead! It’s a pretty big deal for me to be that interested in a story. From others, I have heard that this book has been compared to the Hunger Games and many people believe that Legend is better.  Although I LOVE the Hunger Games series, I think I’m starting to agree with them.  Or at least, I declare it a tie.  They have similar premises: a Dystopian setting with a hidden agenda.  However, I think each book has merit of their own. For example, I really liked the Hunger Games because I felt like the romance wasn’t the main focus of the story and I liked the entire idea of the games.  That series will always be in my top favorite series.  As for Legend, I liked the changing POV between Day and June and I also enjoyed how kickass they both were.  I also enjoyed that there was a bit of uncertainty of who was good and who was bad. So, overall, I’m giving this book 10 stars and two thumbs up.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and if a book makes me read all day long, I call that a win.  I definitely will be reading the sequel soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I really felt like I knew the charecters feelings and thoughts. Everybody says this book is terrible, but consider that the author is only in highschool. She wanted to write a series of books so here thay are. She is one of the youngest writers I have heard of so give her a break. I love this series. June and Day are so different, but they come together. When that happens they are the most powerfull children in the world. This is why I give this book 5.5 stars. I know this is more than five stars but this book deserves it by far. I really do hope you enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book literally took my breath away, I even made my English teacher read it, she was also obsessed. The book is amazing and it makes me want to get up and write a book. I love it and I totally recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely amazing read!!!